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What's on display at The Historical Society of Glastonbury's Museum

1944 Main St. at the corner of
Main St. & Hubbard St. in Glastonbury
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Museum Hours: 
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Third Sunday of the month 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Front view of The Historical Society of Glastonbury's museum
Our permanent exhibits cover the town from
its Native American roots through
European settlement up to the
early 20th century.
(February 2015 thru November 2015)
Passed down to the last male descendant of Francis Hale
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      The Hale family is one of the more prominent family’s known throughout the history of Glastonbury. The Hale family descends from Samuel Hale, one of the founders of Hartford. Samuel was one of the original settlers, immigrating before 1635. He was a proprietor of Naubuc Farms, the name of the first settled area of Glastonbury (the six miles along the river going three miles inland, to where Three Mile Road is today.) Samuel’s son was one of the first settlers. Francis Oliver Hale was raised in South Glastonbury. He was one of many men from Glastonbury who fought for the Union and came home alive.  
      Gilbert “Buzzy” Hale is currently a resident of Granby, Connecticut and also the great-grandson of Francis Oliver Hale who has long been interested in his family’s genealogy. The Historical Society of Glastonbury’s newest exhibit is a glimpse into early American culture and the objects in this new exhibit were passed down to “Buzzy” by his father and grandfather. Some of these interesting artifacts include spent bullets from a battlefield where Francis Oliver Hale fought (Port Hudson, 1863) and a straight razor Francis received in trade for chewing tobacco from a Confederate soldier.
      This eclectic array of vintage early American objects is on display until November 2015. Museum hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays 9:00am – 4:00pm, and the third Sunday of every month 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Admission to the Museum on the Green is free. If weekends work best for you, make sure mark the third Sunday of every month on your calendar.
Click here to see some of the selections, including books and t-shirts, at our museum store.
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Photo Reproductions
(June 7th through June 16th 2016)

      Every year, the Historical Society of Glastonbury’s Museum on the Green features a local artist. In the past, some of the featured artists have included Christopher Gurshin, Lynn A. Damon, Josie Campbell Dellenbaugh, Harry White, Dave Magee, Glastonbury Art Guild Nutmeg Pastelists, and Duffy Schade. The Historical Society is proud to announce that this year’s featured artist is April Quast.
    April’s exhibit will be featured at the Museum on the Green for six days over the course of two weeks beginning Tuesday, June 7th and ending Thursday, June 16th. The Museum hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9am to 4pm. There will be a special celebratory reception on Sunday, June 12th from 1pm to 4pm at the Museum on the Hubbard Green. The reception is open to the public.  
    A selection of April’s work will be for sale during the exhibit with a portion of the sales being donated to the Historical Society of Glastonbury.  
There is no admission fee for either the exhibit or reception.

April Quest’s Artist Statement
“Color is my playground. Using bold, playful palettes I paint and draw colorful abstractions that explore the energy and movement that motivates the dance and yoga experience. My art explores the lines of the figure in dance and yoga poses while including inspirations from organic textures found in places such as nature and fashion.
In 2005 I began my artistic focus on dance. As a young twenty-something, I spent much of my free time on the dance floor. I began dancing in high school and fell in love with a social dance called West Coast Swing. West Coast Swing is a social dance that unfolds from a reaction to the music and your partner. I loved this dance for its spontaneity and ability to be shaped by the energy of the partnership and music. I wanted viewers to see these connections and energies, not just dance movements and people. Dance inspires me because it is a non-verbal language, a follower can interpret every motion with the slightest touch or change of connection with her leader or subtle beat of music. My paintings explore the energy of action and reaction the dancers have to their partner and the music that “paints” their dance.  
As I explored these connections I found a love for textures, I often use nature, architecture and fashion to inspire and embellish my paintings. I love to look at reflections, folds, and patterns and use them to visually describe this invisible energy. As the years have passed and my family has grown, I no longer have as many opportunities to dance, but I do have a need to move my body and allow energy to both be absorbed and released through movement. I began using yoga poses as a focus for my painting and drawing subject. With the yoga poses I have found the lines of the human figure to be much more dominat. Using the human figure as an inspiration, the lines of the yoga figure provide a foundation for exploring stretching, energy release, strength, compression and more. Yoga inspires me because it has a power in its stillness. Energy radiates from muscles that are stretched and challenged to maintain a motionless strength.  
My work is a bold vision of dance and yoga that uses colorful abstractions to explore the internal energy that motivates the dance and yoga experience. Abstract art is defined by the simplification or exaggeration of an object’s characteristics, by choosing not to represent my figures realistically these simplifications and exaggerations of the human figure can capture the essence of the movement and music’s energies in dance and the power of stillness in yoga. My passion is for the small details of beauty that embellish the world. Each of my works have an overlying focus on the figure, investigating external inspiration of the body's lines and then using textures and patterns inspired by nature to captivate the eternal energy of the dance and yoga experience. My intentions in creating these abstractions of dance and yoga are to encourage you to contemplate these internal energies.”

A new exhibit will be presented shortly-   Keep an eye on this page for more information and photos!